Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - May 10, 2007)
Paying tribute to Mothers of the Earth
Everywhere we look it seems we are reminded of our beautiful planet in peril and
yet there are still many heads and minds to turn. In a single week I heard three
genuinely meant comments that I found stunning.
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|Limpkins and chick
hunted to near extinction by the 1920s the Limpkin is making a slow
comeback in protected habitats. The Limpkin feeds on snails,
primarily Apple snails.
While standing in a line at a restaurant, beautifully surrounded on one
side with wetlands and numerous birds including sand hill cranes and storks, a
woman complained to the hostess. They need more parking here. Theres
plenty of room over there. They need to fill that up and pave it ... make more
An insensitive young woman, with a misguided passion for the environment,
briskly commented to an elegant lady who, unbeknownst to the young woman, has been
a crusader of the environment for many years, Why do you care? You
arent going to live long enough to see what happens anyway.
In Seminole, upon watching a cat from a few doors down climb her tree to
get at the birds in her yard, the woman said with a sigh, I wish the
neighbors would keep their cats out of my garden. To this another neighbor
responded, I let my cats out too. I think they have as much right outdoors as
the birds. Anyway I dislike birds. She shivered, I dont want them
around me, so Im glad the cats take care of them.
I think I must be living on an alternate plane or perhaps another planet
sometimes. While great focus is on Go Green at this time, we assume everyone is
educated about the environment. It just goes to show we have a long way to go.
The greatest danger to our future is apathy. Jane Goodall
We need to take the opportunity to honor those who do what they can in their own
special way. Perhaps a simple gesture is to build a butterfly garden, or put up
feeders and bird baths. We also need to take the opportunity to honor those who
have devoted their lives to saving our planet, wildlife and our environmental
future. Perhaps you know a someone that scatters bread crumbs upon her patio or
plants a tree at her church or perhaps you know a someone whos an all-out
It is uplifting to consider the passionate environmental crusaders of our past and
present. It is also humbling and inspirational to learn about the lives of these
great environmentalists. Who are these crusaders? In honor of Mothers Day let
us consider, remember and pay tribute to a few Mothers of the
Maria Bode took an active role in organizations concerned with the
environment such as: the Audubon Society and Nature Conservancy.
Rachel Carson writer of The Silent Spring: This book is about the
dangers of pesticides and how they affect our environment and humanity.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas unforgettable, tireless defender of the
Everglades. Marjory remained a key figure in saving the Everglades until she passed
away at the age of 104.
Rosalie Edge passionate conversationalist of the 1930s, her legacy
includes both the prominence of women in the environmental movement and a wildlife
refuge named Hawk Mountain.
Dian Fossey traveled to and lived in Africa conducting close up
studies on mountain gorillas and ultimately established the Karisoke Research
Center, Zaire, in 1967.
Maneka Gandhi Indian politician, ardent animal rights activist and a
Jane Goodall worked for the conservation of chimpanzees in the wild
and for better conditions for chimps in zoos and research institutions.
These courageous women among their male counterparts fought and met the difficult
challenges of our past. Although there may be greater challenges in the future the
changes these women brought about have helped us be who we are today.
There are an awful lot of scientists today who believe that before very long
we shall have unraveled all the secrets of the universe. There will be no puzzles
anymore. To me itd be really, really tragic because I think one of the most
exciting things is this feeling of mystery, feeling of awe, the feeling of looking
at a little live thing and being amazed by it and how it has emerged through these
hundreds of years of evolution and there it is and it is perfect and why.
Humanity has so much farther to go to save this beautiful, forgiving planet we
borrow. Every effort, no matter how small or large it may seem, is one more tree,
one more flower, one more bee, one more bird, one more for the good gals. As we
honor all mothers this week, let us not forget those eternal earth mothers that
play a part in making our planet a better place to live for today and tomorrow ...
back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.